Genealogy at the Library

Cricket Crigler, Genetic DNA expert will offer a free program at Morrison Regional Library on May 15

You’ve probably watched the ads on TV or seen a post as you scroll through your news feed on social media. Maybe you’ve heard news about how DNA testing is revealing family secrets, uncovering skeletons buried in closets or even cold case murders being solved. Different DNA testing companies promise that, with a quick and simple test, you can access a wealth of information about yourself and your family history. Maybe you’ve already had your DNA tested or the idea sounds intriguing, but you’re unsure of just how accurate those tests really are.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room invites the community to attend “Genetic DNA: What's It All About with Cricket Crigler.” This program will be held at the Morrison Regional Library, on Wednesday, May 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cricket Crigler is one of many new researchers who are experienced in analyzing DNA results as it relates to genealogy.

This is a great opportunity for genealogists at all levels to learn how to use this tool in their research as well as understanding the DNA reports many people are taking today. You will learn the different types of DNA, how to test yourself and which companies to use. Families encountering road blocks with written documents can turn to science to unearth the hidden secrets of their ancestry. Register now to attend this free workshop!

Can’t attend this event? Other Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations also offer genealogy programs to help you discover your roots. Even better? All Library programs are free to attend. Here are a few to chose from:

Family History / Genealogy for Beginners: 1-on-1 Support Session

Fridays and Saturdays at Independence Regional Library from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Need to research your family history but don’t know where to begin? Confused about print and online resources? Get one-on-one help with tracing your family tree. This session is meant for those who don't know how to get started, how to record and save your family tree or how to verify information you have found. Learn more.

Genealogy on the Internet

Tuesday, May 28 at South County Regional Library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join staff from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room to learn about the many different online websites related to genealogy. The team will cover search techniques and provide an evaluation of each site. Handouts include a bibliography and a family chart. You must have basic computer skills to participate in this workshop. Register here.

Genealogy 101: Discover Your Roots!

Thursday, May 30 at Matthews Library from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This hands-on program is especially designed for individuals who are new to genealogy and want to learn how to get started using the Library’s free access to ancestry.com and other online and book resources. Learn how to read documents such as census reports, wills, deeds and marriage records. Handouts include a bibliography and a family chart. Laptops will be provided. Register here.

These are just the programs being offered in May. There are other genealogy programs scheduled throughout the year-- a comprehensive listing can be found here.